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Topic: Repurposed Nalgene Bottle- "Yarntainer" (with tute)  (Read 5655 times)
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« on: May 17, 2009 09:58:33 AM »

I have several Nalgene bottles, and I love them. With all of the recent hubbub about chemicals leaching out of the bottle, I figured I'd play it safe, and switch to a bottle made from another material. But, I didn't want to just throw out the bottles. I decided to convert a couple of them into small "yarntainers" to carry around some small projects.

They were very easy and quick to make (under 2 minutes each!), and I've included the tutorial, should you need it  Wink




How-To:

Materials:
Nalgene Bottle
Drill
Drill bit (I used a 3/8 ")
Exacto knife
Safety goggles
Short length of yarn
Vise (optional)

Directions:
1. Put on your safety goggles in case of flying plastic bits.
2. Securely clamp the bottle in the vise (which I didn't do) or hold it securely with one hand (which I did do). If it isn't held in place, the bottle will spin around once the hole is drilled and if you aren't careful, it could fly off and hit something.
3. Screw the top onto the bottle tightly (this makes it safer for you because you can hold the bottle further from the drill, and it conveniently catches most of the little plastic bits).
4. Holding the drill as straight as possible, drill into the center of the lid (there is already a conveniently placed hole to help you get started).
5. Unscrew the lid and use the Exacto knife to trim away the excess plastic.
6. Run the short length of yarn through the opening to check for rough edges, trimming with the Exacto, if necessary.

And that's it!

It's nice to know that I can carry my crochet projects with me when I go hiking Wink

The only drawback so far is that the opening to the bottle is on the small size, and it can be tough to squeeze the yarn through. A longer, skinnier skein works better than a shorter, rounder skein. I can easily fit in a partly used skein of Caron Simply Soft.

Now, I still have a few more bottles to use, but I don't need that many yarn containers. So, I'll be trying to come up with other ways to repurpose a Nalgene bottle... let me know if you have any ideas!


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« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2009 10:14:02 AM »

Brilliant idea! And thanks for providing the tutorial on how to make it.
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« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2009 10:17:36 AM »

Brilliant idea! And thanks for providing the tutorial on how to make it.

Thanks! And, you're welcome! I think it took longer to get out the materials and clean them up than it did to actually make it Wink
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« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2009 09:06:22 AM »

I have that exact bottle and have been trying to figure out what to do with it since I switched to a stainless steel bottle. Great idea!
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« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2009 04:51:45 PM »

I started to buy them in souvenir shops because they were something I would use (and I don't really need any more t-shirts!), so that's why I can't just chuck them.
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« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2009 07:38:11 PM »

Yet another super nifty upcycle by a member of the craftster community! Sweet!
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« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2009 07:59:36 PM »

I've seen "yarntainers" at Joann's before and thought they were a great idea. But I refused to buy one when I knew I'd be able to make one myself (which I still haven't done  Roll Eyes )

I love yours though especially since you repurposed your water bottle! I'm going to put this on my to do list!
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« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2009 08:04:57 PM »

Thanks! It's been pretty handy lately. I carried a bunch of small balls of yarn around in it for a recent crochet project. If I could figure out an easy way to wrap an elongated, skinny "skein," I'd be able to use it even more. I'd love to use it to carry around a small project like a dishcloth. I wonder, if I wrapped the yarn around a dowel, if I could make a skinny center pull "ball." Might have to try that right now!
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« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2009 08:34:44 PM »

I tried it! I wound the yarn around a dowel and then slid the dowel out. I have a longer, skinnier "ball" of yarn. I didn't make it very big, just in case it didn't work, but it seems to work okay. But now, I'm trying to think of a way to modify my ball winder to wind long skinny balls...

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« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2009 08:48:43 PM »

I tried it! I wound the yarn around a dowel and then slid the dowel out. I have a longer, skinnier "ball" of yarn. I didn't make it very big, just in case it didn't work, but it seems to work okay. But now, I'm trying to think of a way to modify my ball winder to wind long skinny balls...

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